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Food services and drinking places, May 2022

Released: 2022-07-26

Food services and drinking places sales — Canada

$7.4 billion

May 2022

3.0% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.L.

$79.3 million

May 2022

0.8% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — P.E.I.

$30.4 million

May 2022

2.3% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.S.

$167.8 million

May 2022

1.7% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.B.

$120.2 million

May 2022

0.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Que.

$1,408.2 million

May 2022

3.5% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Ont.

$2,942.4 million

May 2022

3.8% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Man.

$208.2 million

May 2022

3.5% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Sask.

$183.9 million

May 2022

2.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Alta.

$914.0 million

May 2022

2.6% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — B.C.

$1,286.0 million

May 2022

1.8% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Y.T.

$8.6 million

May 2022

2.7% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — N.W.T.

$6.8E million

May 2022

9.4% increase

(monthly change)

Food services and drinking places sales — Nvt.

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May 2022

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(monthly change)

On a seasonally adjusted basis, sales in the food service and drinking places subsector increased by 3.0% to $7.4 billion in May 2022, the highest value since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and of the series. Sales rose at full-service restaurants (+3.1%), limited-service restaurants (+1.9%), special food services (+8.1%), and drinking places (+6.1%).

Each province reported higher sales as most had provinces lifted restrictions by May. Ontario (+3.8%) saw the largest increase amongst the provinces. Although Quebec removed its mask mandate on May 14, later than the other provinces, it had the second highest increase in sales (+3.5%).

Chart 1  Chart 1: Sales in food services and drinking places
Sales in food services and drinking places

Further information is available in the "Food Services and Drinking Places Sales" dashboard, where users can consult data on sales in food services and drinking places for Canada and by province and territory. This application allows users to compare provincial and territorial data through interactive maps and charts.

Year-over-year sales in the food services and drinking places subsector surpass pre-pandemic levels

The figures in this section are based on seasonally unadjusted estimates.

Two years after the onset of the pandemic and its subsequent restrictions on the food services and drinking places subsector, unadjusted sales for May 2022 were up 62.2% compared with May 2021 and 12.7% higher compared with May 2019.

Prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 6.8% in May 2022 compared with May 2021, and prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments increased 5.5% in the same period. Compared with May 2019, prices for food purchased from restaurants were up 12.0% in May 2022, and prices for alcoholic beverages served in licensed establishments increased 6.2% (see table 18-10-0004-13).


  Note to readers

All data in this release are seasonally adjusted and expressed in current dollars, unless otherwise noted. Seasonally adjusted data are data that have been modified to eliminate the effect of seasonal and calendar influences to allow for more meaningful comparisons of economic conditions from period to period. For more information on seasonal adjustment, see Seasonally adjusted data – Frequently asked questions.

Trend-cycle data are included in selected charts to complement the seasonally adjusted series. These data represent a smoothed version of the seasonally adjusted time series and provide information on longer-term movements, including changes in direction underlying the series. For information on trend-cycle data, see the StatCan Blog and Trend-cycle estimates – Frequently asked questions.

Data for the current reference month are preliminary. Usually, unadjusted data are revised for the previous two months, and seasonally adjusted data are revised for the previous three months. Both seasonally adjusted data and trend-cycle estimates are subject to revision as additional observations become available. These revisions could be large and could even lead to a reversal of movement, especially for reference months near the end of the series or during periods of economic disruption.

Find these data and more statistics on the Business and consumer services and culture statistics portal.

Contact information

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